Now, this is what we call change. The NFL, sick and tired of its shameful Pro Bowl product, has made sweeping changes. The NFC vs. AFC format that has existed since 1971. That's out the door. Now, we got something new thanks to NFLPA president
I'll let the NFL's press release handle it:
"Instead, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.
Players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, in which two leading vote getters will join two NFL.com fantasy football champions – who will attend the Pro Bowl – to draft players. One of these champions will earn their spot as part of Lenovo’s Fantasy Coach of the Year program, which provides NFL.com fans a chance to be rewarded for their fantasy football skills. The other champion can compete for a Pro Bowl role by playing at NFL.com/fantasy.
The fantasy football champions will have Hall of Fame help. Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS will serve as alumni team captains, assisting the Pro Bowl team captains and fantasy football champions in the draft process."
Holy crap. Where do we begin? First of all, you have to give the NFL credit for realizing that the old Pro Bowl wasn't working and for throwing caution to the wind. This is a serious change. We also REALLY like the teams being chosen playground-style. What's more, I can see the NFL making an event out of the picking of the teams. Picture this: A four-hour program on NFL Network that will probably make us want to pull out our hair, but somehow we'll all watch anyway. We here at Laces Out salute this new move. After all, nothing could be worse than this: